The North Caucasus district military court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 7 and 5 years in prison for having links with a terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. This was reported by Crimea.Rrealities.
Ruslan Zeytulaev gott the longest sentence - 7 years in prison; Russian authorities considered him to be the organizer of the terrorist cell. Ferat Seyfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Yuriy (Nuri) Primov were convicted to five years of a penal colony.
"Ruslan Zeytulaev urged the court to take a fair decision during the hearing on August 31. He also stressed that the decision on all four Crimean Muslims was made before they were transported to Rostov," - writes the newspaper.
Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov called the investigation hypotheses absurd and pointed out the lack of evidence.
As it was reported earlier, the Russian prosecutor insisted on 17 years in prison for Ruslan Zeytulaev as for "the organizer", 7 years of penal colony for Rustem Vaitov and Yuriy Primov and 8 years of penal colony for Ferat Seyfullaev.
On August 23, Rustem Vaitov, Yuriy Primov and Ferat Seyfullaev claimed they were not involved into Hizb ut-Tahrir activity. Ruslan Zeytulaev refused to testify, explaining his refusal by prejudice of the court and investigation.
The trial of Ruslan Zeytulaev, Rustem Vaitov, Yuriy Primov and Ferat Seyfullaev began in June. They were arrested in in Sevastopil in the winter 2015. They were accused of involvement in the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. The arrest was extended until October in May.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, international, pan-Islamic political organisation, which describes its "ideology as Islam", and its aim as the re-establishment of "the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate)" or Islamic state. It is legal in Ukraine and in all western countries (except Germany where there was an administrative ban on forming a German branch, not a criminal ban).
Russia’s Supreme Court declared it ‘terrorist’ in a 2003 judgement which was long kept secret, preventing the organization itself and rights NGOs from appealing against it.